Android Secure Solutions

This list's main purpose is to remind me of good, secure and private apps to replace the Android stock ones — mainly Google's —, specially to setup the smartphone again, when I get rid of Android and install LineageOS, for security and privacy purposes. This list also has some nice applications and concepts I've found out there.


  • orWall

    Free Android Android Tablet Tor Orbot Website

    orWall will force selected applications through Small Orbot iconOrbot while preventing unchecked applications to have network access.In short, orWall will add special iptables rules in order to redirect traffic for applications through Small Tor iconTor it will also add required rules in order to block traffic for other apps.
    The redirection is based on the application user id. Each android application runs as a dedicated user, and iptables has support for traffic filtering based on the process owner, meaning it's really easy and pretty safe to do this kind of thing on an Android device.

     

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  • OsmAnd

    Freemium Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet iPad ... OpenStreetMap Kindle Fire Website

    OsmAnd is a map and navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality Small OpenStreetMap iconOpenStreetMap data.
    Enjoy voice and optical navigator, viewing POIs (points of interest), creating and managing GPX tracks, using contour lines visualization and altitude info (through plugin), a choice between driving, cycling, pedestrian modes, OSM editing and much more.

    Navigation
    • Works online (fast) or offline (no roaming charges when you are abroad)
    • Turn-by-turn voice guidance (recorded and synthesized voices)
    • Optional lane guidance, street name display, and estimated time of arrival
    • Supports intermediate points on your itinerary
    • Automatic re-routing whenever you deviate from the route
    • Search for places by address, by type (e.g.: restaurant, hotel, gas station, museum), or by geographical coordinates

    Map Viewing
    • Display your position and orientation
    • Optionally align the picture according to compass or your direction of motion
    • Save your most important places as Favorites
    • Display POIs (point of interests) around you
    • Display specialized online tiles, satellite view (from Bing), different overlays like touring/navigation GPX tracks and additional layers with customizable transparency
    • Optionally display place names in English, local, or phonetic spelling

    OSM Data
    • High-quality information from the best collaborative projects of the world
    • OSM data available per country or region
    • Compact offline vector maps updated at least once a month

    Safety Features
    • Optional automated day/night view switching
    • Optional speed limit display, with reminder if you exceed it
    • Optional speed-dependent zooming
    • Share your location so that your friends can find you

     

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  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Ubuntu Touch Website

    Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.

     

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  • F-Droid

    Free Web Android Android Tablet Website

    Author's comment: trustful app store, only offers FOSS (Free and Open Source Softwares). And that's what makes it incredible

     

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  • Musicolet Music Player

    Freemium Android Website

    Author's comment: Simply the best music player out there! Feature-rich (as in Jeff Bezos bank account), offline, so you don't need to worry for your privacy/security, delightful UI... Sure you won't regret

     

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  • NewPipe

    Free Android YouTube F-Droid Website

    NewPipe is a lightweight YouTube front-end for Android.

    It doesn't need the YouTube-API or any Google Play Services, as NewPipe only parses the YouTube website in order to gain the information it needs.
    Therefore this app can be used on devices without Google Services installed. Also, you don't need a YouTube account to use NewPipe, and it's FLOSS.

    Features

    Search videos
    Display general information about a video
    Watch YouTube videos
    Popup mode (floating player)
    Select the streaming player to watch the video with
    Download videos
    Download audio only
    Open a video in Kodi
    Show Next/Related videos
    Search YouTube in a specific language
    Watch/Block age restricted material
    Display general information about channels
    Search channels
    1080p/2K/4K support
    Local playlists
    Subtitles
    Livestream support
    Show comments

     

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  • Aurora Store

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Author's comment: The best current alternative to PlayStore. Doesn't requires an account (instead, creates a fake one for internal use), can spoof informations (device, language and location), doesn't requires Google Play services (so you don't need MicroG too), points app's embedded trackers, has all the funcionalities that the stock app store... The only downside is, if you font have root access (which I currently don't), you need to mannualy install each app and update. But seriously, I don't even miss PlayStore.

     

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  • Invidious

    Free Mac Linux Web Docker Website

    Author's comment: Great alternative to YouTube on the web. I use it when surfing in Firefox, and NewPipe app as my alternative to YouTube's Android app. Amazing setup, IMHO, secure and private as we deserve, but convenient as well.

     

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  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft PortableApps.com Haiku Fire TV Gecko Website

    A free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.

    Firefox version 60+ (Quantum) is presently faster than Google Chrome and use less memory than Chrome. Compare to previous versions of Firefox, the Quantum version is twice as fast, promote parallelism, and has more intuitive user interface.

     

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  • microG

    Free Android Website

    A free-as-in-freedom re-implementation of Google’s proprietary Android user space apps and libraries.

     

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  • QZ Tray

    Free Mac Windows Linux Microsoft Edge Chrome ... Safari Opera Firefox Website

    Author's comment: Only FOSS alternative to Google Cloud Print found here. I think it's good to know such tool exists, particularly if you want to de-Google

     

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  • Etar

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Why?

    I wanted a simple, material design, state of the art open source calendar that anyone can improve on.

    Features:

    • Month view.
    • Week, day & agenda view.
    • Uses Android calendar sync. Works with Google Calendar, Exchange, Etesync etc.
    • Material design.
    • Agenda widget.
    • Dark theme.

    Etar is an enhanced version of AOSP Calendar. Without the help of the Free Software for Android team, this app would be just a dream. So, many thanks to them!

     

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  • Bromite

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Bromite is a Chromium fork with support for ad blocking and enhanced privacy.
    Bromite is only available for Android Lollipop (v5.0, API level 21) and above.


    Features:

    https://github.com/bromite/bromite#features


    Features not related to privacy:

    https://github.com/bromite/bromite#features-not-related-to-privacy


    Does Google Sync work?

    • No. This is not a limitation of Bromite but of all Chromium-based projects in general, as general public is not allowed to use Google's APIs for free unless when using Chrome.


    Small F-Droid iconF-Droid repository:

    https://www.bromite.org/fdroid


    Bromite Wiki:

    https://github.com/bromite/bromite/wiki


    Credits:

    https://github.com/bromite/bromite#credits


    Filters credits:

    https://github.com/bromite/bromite#filters-credits

     

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  • Tutanota

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone iPad Self-Hosted F-Droid Website

    Author's comment: Apparently good, available on F-Droid Store... bit doesn't offer local PGP

     

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  • Brave

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Electron / Atom Shell Website

    Brave Web Browser is a fast, free, secure web browser with a built-in ad blocker*, tracking and security protection, and optimized data and battery experience.

    *What is Brave Ad Replacement?

    Brave’s goal is to speed up the web, stop bad ads and pay publishers. One of the ways we plan to accomplish this is with ad replacements. We will also invite users to fund their wallets and to use those funds to pay the publishers of their favorite websites.

     

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  • mailbox.org

    Commercial Web Website

    Author's comment: VERY similar to Posteo. Nonetheless, after some search, Mailbox didn't look as the most trustful of them. I'll keep with Posteo at this beginning

     

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  • Posteo

    Commercial Web Website

    Author's comment: Seems as the best email provider overall, although you'll need an email client like K-9 Mail, or Thunderbird (I've read the web client disappoints sometimes, even the service seeing pretty awesome).
    Click on its name to view all description

     

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  • Simple Gallery

    Free Android Android Tablet F-Droid Website

    Author's comment: Best FOSS galery I've found. IMHO Mylio seems better, which I'm going to test first, in a near future.
    Click on its name to view all description

     

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  • Mylio

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Website

    Author's comment: Seems like the best solution, with peer-to-peer synching (not that convenient, but it looks the best balance between convenience and security). I'm going to test it anyway.

     

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